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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

excitement was at hand, the os opened itself to the extent of 

fully an inch, as nearly as my eye can judge, made five or six 

successive gasps as if it were drawing the external os into the 

cervix, each time powerfully, and, it seemed to me, with a 

regular rhythmical action, at the same time losing its former 

density and hardness and becoming quite soft to the touch. Upon 

the cessation of the action, as related, the os suddenly closed, 

the cervix again hardened itself, and the intense congestion was 

dissipated." (J.R. Beck, "How do the Spermatozoa Enter the 

Uterus?" _American Journal of Obstetrics_, 1874.) It would appear 

that in the early part of this final process of detumescence the 

action of the uterus is mainly one of contraction and ejaculation 

of any mucus that may be contained; Dr. Paul Munde has described 

"the gushing, almost in jets," of this mucus which he has 

observed in an erotic woman under a rather long digital and 

specular examination. (_American Journal of Obstetrics_, 1893.) 

It is during the latter part of detumescence, it would seem, and 

perhaps for a short time after the orgasm is over, that the 

action of the uterus is mainly aspiratory. 

 

While the active part played by the womb in detumescence can no longer be 

questioned, it need not too hastily be assumed that the belief in the 

active movements of the spermatozoa must therefore be denied. The vigorous 

motility of the tadpole-like organisms is obvious to anyone who has ever 

seen fresh semen under the microscope; and if it is correct, as Clifton 

Edgar states, that the spermatozoa may retain their full activity in the 

female organs for at least seventeen days, they have ample time to exert 

their energies. The fact that impregnation sometimes occurs without 

rupture of the hymen is not decisive evidence that there has been no 

penetration, as the hymen may dilate without rupturing; but there seems no 

reason to doubt that conception has sometimes taken place when ejaculation 

has occurred without penetration; this is indicated in a fairly objective 

manner when, as has been occasionally observed, conception has occurred in 

women whose vaginas were so narrow as scarcely to admit the entrance of a 

goose-quill; such was the condition in the case of a pregnant woman 

brought forward by Roubaud. The stories, repeated in various books, of 

women who have conceived after homosexual relations with partners who had 

just left their husbands' beds are not therefore inherently 

impossible.[119] Janke quotes numerous cases in which there has been 

impregnation in virgins who have merely allowed the penis to be placed in 

contact with the vulva, the hymen remaining unruptured until 

delivery.[120] 

 

It must be added, however, that even if the semen is effused merely at the 

mouth of the vagina, without actual penetration, the spermatozoa are still 

not entirely without any resource save their own motility in the task of 

reaching the ovum. As we have seen, it is not only the uterus which takes 

an active part in detumescence; the vagina also is in active movement, and 

it seems highly probable that, at all events in some women and under some 


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